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23LEGACY23escape.TheportraitwasdonefromaphotographmanydecadesafterShabbonax19sdeathtocommemoratehisactofkindnesstothefamily.x1cWhenweboughtthecafx1dDennyrecallsx1cIwasstillworkingattheDeKalbCountySherriffx19sDepartment.TherewasayoungladyworkingatthejailwhotoldmethatwhenshewasakidherparentsusedtoplaycardswiththeHollenbeckfamily.ShesaidthatinthestudyattheHollenbeckx19splacetherewasthislarger-than-lifeportraitofChiefShabbona.Thekidswerealwaysafraidtogointothatroombecausethepicturewassointimidatingx1cIaskedherifsheknewwherethepicturewasnowandshesaidshedidnx19tbuttheHollenbeckfamilywould.ItracedtheportraittooneoftheHollenbeckdescendentsGeorgeHollenbeck.IcalledhimtoldhimwhoIwasandaskedifitmightbepossibleforustodisplaytheportraitinthebuildinghere.Longstoryshorthesaidhex19dloveforustodisplayitintherestaurant.Iaskedhimifhewantedustosignsomethingandhesaidx18Letx19sjustshakeonit.x19x1dx1cAndwex19vehaditfor15yearsx1daddsKathy.ThemembersoftheSandsfamilyarecloselyconnectedtothehistoryofthepark.Dennyx19srelativesonhismotherx19ssidewereamongthe4rstsettlersintheSenecaareaandtheypersonallyknewandwerefriendswithChiefShabbona.Hewouldcometotheircabinandeatcornmushandfreshlybakedbread.TheymaintainthisconnectionnotonlybysharingtheirknowledgeofthepastbutthroughanongoingrelationshipwiththedescendentsofChiefShabbonaandothermembersofthePotawatomiNation.x1cThe4rstyearwewereherewehadavisitfromChiefShabbonax19sgreat-great-granddaughters.Theywere88and90yearsoldWehaveapictureofthemwithChiefShabbonax19sportrait.Theywerejusttickled.AndwehadadirectdescendentofChiefShabbonacomeherelastweekwithhiswife.ThePotawatomiwex19vemetarehonoredthatShabbonaLakeStateParkexists.x1dLifestyleandlivelihoodareclearlyintertwinedfortheSandsfamily.TheirheartsseemtobeineverythingtheydoatLakeShabbonafromrunningtheirbusinessestomakingsurethebrillianthistoryofLakeShabbonaStateParkneverfades.